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31 Mar, 2008 05:39

No freedom for ‘Merchant of Death’

Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer who’s accused of supplying terrorists, is due to spend at least 12 more days in Thai prison until it’ll be decided whether he’ll face trial in Thailand or be extradited to the U.S. Bout, who’s nicknamed the ‘Merchant o

Today the prosecution announced that they need more time for investigation and asked for additional 12 days of detention for Bout.   

However, many people already doubt that the prosecution will manage to file up a case against Bout since he hadn’t had time to commit any crime on the Thai soil. Moreover, the public opinion is divided as to whether Bout actually is ‘Merchant of Death’ but not just a businessman.

Bout was arrested in Bangkok at the beginning of March on a U.S. warrant. American prosecutors want him for conspiring to sell weapons worth millions of dollars to Columbian rebels.

He’s also thought to have supplied arms to various terrorist networks.

The procedure of extradition is such that Bout can be extradited to the U.S. only if he faces no charges in Thailand.

According to Thai law, Bout can be detained without charge for up to 84 days.